The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) commissioned its 18th and final Gumdoksuri (PKG-A)-class fast patrol ship on 11 January, according to a 24 January statement by South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND).
Jeon Byeongik , a 63 m-long fast patrol vessel built by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, was commissioned at a ceremony held at the Jinhae naval base, near the southern South Korean port city of Busan.
The 579-tonne PKG-A class, which was designed to replace the RoKN’s Chamsuri-class patrol vessels, is armed with Haeseong SSM-700K surface-to-surface missiles, a 76 mm gun, and a 40 mm cannon.
The sensor suite in these vessels includes a LIG Nex1 SPS-540K 3D surveillance radar, a Ceros 200 9LV327 Mk 3E multisensor tracker by MteQ Systems/SaabTech, a STX SPS-100K surface search radar, a Naval Shield combat management system from Hanwha, and a SamsungThales electro-optical system.
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